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“Exactly what we wanted” 5 of 5 stars
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Maca Bana
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Magazine Beach | P.O. Box 496, Point Salines, St. George's, Grenada   |  
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“Exactly what we wanted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

As I was planning our trip I knew that I needed to find a place that could suit my family's needs - and wants for a vacation. Reflecting on our stay, Maca Bana really was exactly what I was looking for. I heard of Maca Bana through their superb affiliated restaurant The Aquarium. After considering other options in Grenada, I ultimately chose to stay here for the solitary grounds, beautiful rooms, and guidance. The general manager, Nickson, was prompt and eager to answer all of my questions and requests before booking. He made my decision comfortable and guided me into the best bana that suited us. Nickson advised that we stay in Pineapple for our stay and it was perfect for our family.

Rebecca (the owner) introduced the room upon arrival and showed us around. The kitchen had some food items stocked with a beautiful spread of local fruit. They even had a pack-n-play setup for us in the extra bedroom for our daughter. Another fringe benefit was a cell phone to use free of charge, which was very nice to have.

Our Bana, Pineapple, was perfect for us. From the floor plan to the deck, it was exactly what we wanted feeling at home away from home. The extra bedroom was used as a nursery, and it even had a rocking chair that my wife used to rock our daughter to sleep as she looked out to the ocean. My wife and I have always enjoyed cooking and the kitchen offers everything you need with wonderful appliances. The bathrooms are spacious and unique. The deck was beautiful and the hot tub was very relaxing during the evenings. For the most part, the Bana was very private and it even has a small private yard and garden. The view was amazing, especially while sitting in the hot tub relaxing. The grounds overall are beautiful, with spectacular views. In fact, we had a photographer take some family photos on the grounds and they came out great.

We really enjoyed our evenings cooking and eating on the deck looking out to the ocean, but one night we had a chef from the Aquarium come up to cook and serve. It was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. I also ordered a spa service for my wife, and she thoroughly enjoyed the spa service right on the deck without having to leave.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay. Nickson setup all of our request and made sure to follow-up with us to make sure all was well. The maid, Mary, was very sweet and considerate. She would be as quiet as possible while our daughter slept, and kept beautiful flower arrangements in our room. Those little things make for a big difference to me. If you are looking for more than a hotel / resort feel than I highly recommend Maca Bana. It was a fantastic choice for us and we definitely will be back. If you are like me and wanting to make sure you get the best Bana for your needs, just talk to Nickson. All of the Banas look impeccable, and each seem to offer something unique. Oh, and if you are in our situation - don't forget the baby monitor! ;-) Hope you found this helpful.

Room Tip: The Banas are all very nice. Just talk to Nickson - I'm glad I did.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed at Maca Bana for 1 week in August, with our two teenage daughters. Our villa, Mango, was beautiful,, very spacious and well equiped with all mod cons.The jaccuzzi and wrap around terrace were in constant use, with a view that you just couldnt stop looking at. This is a real chill out place, with all the right ingredients for the perfect holiday. Stunning beach, excellent restaurant and friendly helpful staff, who are always available to assist. Nixon, the general manager, is real gem, who was always ready to offer advice, make a booking or sort out any problem - not that there were any! Although the short walk to the beach is fairly steep, it didnt cause us a problem, and certainly didnt detract from our wonderful holiday.Saying that, it probably wouldnt suit disabilities or very young famillies. I think a good tip would be to hire a car, as there is nothing nearby to walk too, as the location is quite remote.

Room Tip: mango is an excellent choice for famillies as one of the most spacious banas
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Paw Paw: the epitome of luxury. Great view, great room, great facilities. All staff are genuine and cheerful and Nickson answers his mobile, day or night, to solve problems. Except there aren't any problems. Anyone who whines about Wifi on holiday is an imbecile. Anyone who thinks the room is small is an imbecile. The steep slope you have to navigate down to the beach is a bit of a slog, sure, but only on the way up, and what you get, when you hit the beach, is some of the best snorkelling on the island. (Kick left and stick close to the big rock). The food at the restaurant is glorious, and we are fussy eaters. King Fish or Mahi Mahi is a must. The Sunday BBQ is to die for, with fabulous shrimp and evil ribs. Cocktail? Try the 'Yellowbird', if you've got the guts. We stayed for three nights in late June and it was roasting hot. On the morning it rained we sat in the hot tub with a cold beer and watched herons stalking crabs right under our noses. Maca Bana? Tanfastic. Book now and stop messing about.

Room Tip: Paw Paw. Insist on Paw Paw.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We have just returned from a magical holiday in Grenada. We spent our last three nights at Maca Bana, we really wish it had been more. The Bana (Paw Paw) was perfect. Clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The private sun deck with jacuzzi had the most wonderful view of the beach and the sea. We ended up eating in the restaurant every night as it was so good and the staff so friendly. We thought that it was excellent value for money - high end luxury at a very reasonable price. Really heavenly.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stratford on Avon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We have just stayed at a Paradise resort on the Paradise Island of Greanada
Our Bana (cottage) RockFig is right on the cliff edge with wonderful views of the coast all the way to St George
We spent time in the hot tub or on our balcony
The beach below is beautiful but the sea a little rough but we spent time on BBC beach or Morne Rouge as it is officially called where there is a great beach bar Rockys
We ate at the sister restaurants where the Aquarium below is probably the best on the Island and the other is the Victory at Port Louis
All under the same ownership
Nickson the general manager is charming and eager to please
We wil return

Room Tip: Discuss your room with Nickson
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank L0rdrich
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We last visited Maca Bana in May 2010. We had a really good time but felt a little restricted by the size of our Bana Paw Paw. We made good use of the hot tub but found the other outside space small for any real use. After we booked to come back in 2012 we realised that Michaela who was general manager in 2010 had left and wondered if this was a bad omen as she had been one of the really good things about Maca Bana, no need to have worried the new general manager Nickson is really good (not the same but equally good).
We booked Paw Paw again as the view is to die for and had seen on line that the external space had been extended. What a difference, we spent time everyday sun bathing on the huge deck and every morning had breakfast out there. It was really good to recognise most of the staff and find them just as friendly as last time.
One major change we made this time was to rent a car for the whole of our stay. This meant that we could just get in and drive or go shopping whenever we wanted. We did not make a huge amount of use of the car but it certainly helped.
All in all the changes to Paw Paw made this a better holiday than last time (and last time was really good). My wife said to me this morning ,we are packing to leave at the moment, that usually when you go back a second time it is never as good as you remember but this time it was actually better.
The other major change we made to our holiday this year was to split it between two hotels, Maca Bana being room only meant we got out often and visited restaurants as we wished. This afternoon we are driving to Spice Island Resort for a week of pampering (we had previously been to Spice in 2009) and we will see if that lives up to our great memories, review to follow.
To summarise, our room Paw Paw was better that last time, the good things are the fabulous view, Nickson and the staff and the Magazine beach. We would certainly come back.

Room Tip: For two people Paw Paw withits new deck is fabulous, a view to die for and totally private.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We stayed in Paw Paw for 5 nights in March. The high points of the stay were really high - the remarkable view from the room and especially the hot tub, a full kitchen for cooking breakfast (and other meals if you desire), some excellent meals on the island and generally nice beaches. Unfortunately we had some fairly serious issues with our stay at Maca Bana that really detracted from the experience.
A major complaint we had was spotty internet access and water pressure in the room. We use the internet a lot at night during beach vacations but were only rarely able to connect to a wireless network in the room (and frequently we were connecting to networks from other resorts). Water pressure in the shower was also moderately inconsistent (fortunately not as bad as the seldom functioning internet) and hot water took a long time to come in. For the latter two I suspect they are related to the green features of the hotel, but they are a major tradeoff for guests.
Count us as not big fans of the hill. As a not particularly active but relatively young man I had no problem getting up the hills but found it very unpleasant. The exceptionally steep hike down to the beach and back up to the room really made me a lot less excited to get going in the morning, and we ended up driving to other beaches on the island frequently to avoid the climb.
The ocean was quite rough at Maca Bana's beach, much rougher than at the best beach on Grenada, Grand Anse beach. I'm a fairly strong swimmer but I had a tough time with the undertow one day in poor conditions, but my wife (a weaker swimmer) was struggling a little even in calm weather.
While I kinda enjoyed shopping at the grocery store and cooking my own breakfast, we spent a lot of time shopping and cooking that we would have spent at the beach at a more typical hotel.
The Aquarium Restaurant at the bottom of the hill, while not bad, was not one of the better meals we had on the island.
A small hotel with personalized service from Nixon, who was very good, is a nice thing, but Nixon is only one man and when he's not around you're out of luck.
Paw Paw was really small. In pure square footage its quite a bit bigger than your average hotel room but in practice we had trouble fitting all of our stuff in despite travelling fairly lightly (no checked bags). The space is designed very inefficiently.
There are some really nice reasons to like Maca Bana but I felt that these negatives outweighed the positives. We won't be returning.

Room Tip: Paw Paw is the most private of the villas, with its studio-size twin Ground Fig being close to it in...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Magazine Beach | P.O. Box 496, Point Salines, St. George's, Grenada
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Location: Caribbean > Grenada > Saint George Parish > St. George's
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in St. George's
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Hotel Class:4 star — Maca Bana 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maca Bana is an intimate boutique hotel comprising 7 artistically designed, solar-powered ‘banas’ with gorgeous ocean views and private massaging hot tubs above our tropical Aquarium Restaurant on Magazine Beach. Laid-back luxury and unrivaled privacy for a sensual & inspiring holiday experience in a warm atmosphere. ... more   less 
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